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HUGEL-JTBC LA Open
Los Angeles, CA
Apr 19-22
  • April 19 Golf Channel (ET) 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
  • April 20 Golf Channel (ET) 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
  • April 21 Golf Channel (ET) 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • April 22 Golf Channel (ET) 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Wilshire Country Club
Los Angeles, CA
  • Race to the CME Globe: 500 Points
  • Format: 72 holes
  • Purse: $1,500,000
  • Par: 71
  • History:

    This is the inaugural year for the event.

  • Yardage: 6,450
Moriya Jutanugarn stepped into the winner’s circle and became a Rolex First-Time winner with a two-stroke victory over Inbee Park and Jin Young Ko in the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open. 

Hole Description

Hole01

Par 4: A good opening hole which requires precision off the tee. Bunkers come into play on the left and right side so an accurate drive is imperative. The approach shot to the green is well guarded by bunkers on both sides and it pays to keep the approach shot to the green low and left of the hole due to significant slope from back to front.

Hole02

Par 5: A lengthy hole that calls for an accurate tee shot to either carry the bunker complex on the left at about 235 yards. The longer hitters may elect to carry the bunkers on the right at 275 yards leaving them a good angle for their second shot. A layup to about 75-100 yards leaves the player a good shot into a well bunkered green. There is a hidden bunker on the back left of the green behind the slope and shots that drift right of the green leave a tricky shot out of a swale that borders the green.

Hole03

Par 4: A short challenging hole that places a premium on tee placement. The barranca borders the right side of the fairway and a row of three bunkers flank the left side with the fairway pinching in at about 230 yards.  Most players will use a hybrid or fairway off the tee to leave them a short iron to the green. If the tee shot drifts too far to the right the eucalyptus overhang and obstruct the approach shot. Subtract 5-7 yards on the approach shot and the ball will release to the middle of the green. A smallish green with all the breaks moving away from the Hollywood sign.

Hole04

Par 3: A great par 3 with a 64 yard Biarritz style green. The yardage can range anywhere from 100 yards to 205 yards with the front portion of the green surrounded by the barranca and the back portion protected by bunkers. It is imperative to pull the right club when the pin is on the back portion of the green because a shot that comes up short requires navigating a ridge with a five foot slope.

Hole05

Par 4: A straight away hole which gives the player some options off the tee. The player can elect to go straight at the green or play it left of a nasty bunker that skirts the left side. The play to the left gives the player a great angle into the green but it is important to stay far enough away from the bunker on the left off the tee. Approach shots that come up short left will end up tumbling off the green toward the barranca that borders the left side. The second shot plays 5-7 longer due to wind and uphill.

Hole06

Par 4: The most difficult hole on the course. A dogleg left that requires a right to left shape off the tee and avoid the bunker straightaway at 245 yards. The prevailing wind is into your face on the tee shot and even more so on the second shot so it plays 6-10 yards longer due to the wind.. It is imperative to stay short left on your approach shot when the pin is down in front and as a rule you need to stay below the hole. The most difficult green on the course with a severe slope from back to front and there are very few if any level putts on this green. A four is a very good score here.

Hole07

Par 3: A very scenic par three that is well bunkered with numerous tee and pin locations. The hole can play anywhere from 95 yards to 155 yards and requires the right yardage and direction on the tee shot. A bunker protects the front of the green that is a must to avoid. Watch your downhill speed if you are long on your approach.

Hole08

Par 4: A very tight driving hole with a row of five bunkers guarding the left side off the tee and the barranca protecting the right side. It is optimum to start the drive left center and allow the contour of the fairway leave the approach shot on a flat lie. This is another green that slopes severely from back to front and it is important to get the ball on the proper level to leave yourself a manageable putt. To the right of the green stands Howard Hughes mansion and the story goes that Katherine Hepburn, who was dating Hughes at the time, would distract his fellow competitor’s in his group by sauntering around on the balcony while they were putting.

Hole09

Par 4: One of Wilshire’s iconic holes with the Hollywood sign an aiming point back in the early years. Initially the tees were more to the right and Ben Hogan was playing a practice round in the Los Angeles Open and he asked his caddie where to aim his tee shot and the caddy replied, “At the Hollywood sign,” and Hogan ever the perfectionist replied, “which letter.” The drive is a blind shot and the proper line is a slight right to left starting at the E in El Royale which should leave an approach in the middle of the fairway. It is important to leave the approach shot left of the hole with the green sloping severely from right to left.  The fastest green on the course from right to left.

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